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I recharted, changed a little from the original. -- Sandi Marshall
Chart was originally printed in The Antonie Ehrlich Crochet Book, No. 3, Filet Crochet, published in the year 1915. Info on Length of Copyright Protection Terms: www.copyright.gov/


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To make a crocheted background to cross-stitch the design on, starting chain is 86 chains for single crochet or 85 chains for afghan stitch. Work this background for 85 rows.

Working the Chart in Filet Crochet
For a 4 dc mesh:
Starting chain is 256, plus chain 3, (which will count as first dc of first row) making a total starting chain of 259 chains. Begin by working a double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook. First row is solid double crochet all the way across. Follow chart for placement of solid mesh and open mesh for each row. For a refresher on how to do open and solid mesh, see Basics link below.

Chart is worked starting at the bottom right; work first row right to left. Second row is worked left to right. Continue alternating row directions in this same manner, following chart.

Basics in How to Do Filet Crochet, here:
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa050298.htm

Below are approximate finished sizes just to help you in deciding on thread or yarn you will use for project you have in mind. Your finished size will probably vary somewhat and that's just fine because items like afghans, pillows and wallhangings don't have to be exact to someone else's finished gauge (so just relax and enjoy making your deer item). Have fun!

Approximate finished sizes in filet crochet
(once through the chart, worked in 4 dc mesh):

With size 10 thread (824 yards) and a size US 7 steel hook, finished size is about 19.6 inches x 21.2 inches.
With size 20 thread (773 yards) and a size US 9 steel hook, finished size is about 18.7 inches x 20.4 inches.
With size 30 thread (722 yards) and a size US 11 steel hook, finished size is about 17.8 inches x 19.6 inches.
With fingering/baby weight yarn (1806 yards) and a size US F hook, finished size is about 59.5 inches x 61.2 inches.
With sport weight yarn (2095 yards) and a size US G hook, finished size is about 68 inches x 69.7 inches.
With worsted weight yarn (2384 yards) and a size US I hook, finished size is about 76.5 inches x 78.2 inches.

Working the Chart in Filet Crochet
For a 3 dc mesh:
Beginning chain is 171, plus chain 3, (which will count as first dc of first row), for a total starting chain of 174 chains. Begin by working a double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook.

Use a "3 dc mesh" when you want a piece to be narrower (the height will still be the same). 3 dc mesh versus 4 dc mesh is explained on the Basics Page (see link above).


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